Vancouver (16-10-3) at Edmonton (13-11-2), 10:00 pm EST
EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) — The Vancouver Canucks complete
their longest road trip of the season on Saturday, visiting the
Northwest Division-rival Edmonton Oilers.
Over the first six stops, the Canucks have posted a 2-3-1
record. Vancouver has had to undergo this grueling stretch
without captain Roberto Luongo, one of the elite goaltenders in
Luongo may have suffered a slight setback as he attempts to
bounce back from an adductor strain in his groin.
According to a published report, Luongo left practice Wednesday
after only 20 minutes. The team did not note the specific
reason for his departure.
“Roberto has been on his own schedule since the injury,” Canucks
coach Alain Vigneault told the Vancouver Sun. “He warms up, he
practices, he takes what he can take, and when he feels he’s had
enough, he comes off. It was no different (Wednesday).
“The timeline remains week-to-week. I can’t invent an answer
for you. We originally said week-to-week. Some groins are
quicker than others. That’s all I can say.”
The Canucks, who are 4-4-1 in the two-time All-Star’s absence,
will play four straight games and seven of their next eight at
The Oilers had a three-game winning streak snapped with
Thursday’s 2-0 setback to the Florida Panthers.